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BRAD HOLLAND'S MOCK DRAFT II

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1 John Tavares, C, London (OHL) --
SKINNY: No change here, despite the rumblings. The draft's best player goes No. 1.

2 Matt Duchene, C, Brampton (OHL) +1
SKINNY: Duchene to Tampa means either he or Stamkos will be skating on the wing.

3 Victor Hedman, D, MODO Hockey (Sweden) -1
SKINNY: Colorado always had great offensive players; now they get a franchise building-block on D.

4 Evander Kane, C, Vancouver (WHL) -1
SKINNY: In 3 or 4 years, with Kovalchuk on the left and Kane on the right, the center almost wouldn't matter.

5 Brayden Schenn, C, Brandon (WHL) +4
SKINNY: Big-game performer tied for team lead in playoff scoring; great mix of talent and toughness.

6 Jared Cowen, D, Spokane (WHL) --
SKINNY: Coyotes loaded up front; now they get a piece to build their defense corps on.

7 Zack Kassian, RW, Peterborough (OHL) +17
SKINNY: Scoring (24 goals) and penalty minutes (136) too much for GM Brian Burke to pass on.

8 Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson, RW/LW, Timra (Sweden) --
SKINNY: The Stars have had good luck crossing the pond; that trend will continue with Swedish game-breaker.

9 John Moore, D, Chicago (USHL) +12
SKINNY: Smooth-skating Moore a nice fit for a team looking for offensive-minded defenders.

10 Scott Glennie, RW, Brandon (WHL) --
SKINNY: Not as feisty as linemate Schenn, but is just as gifted offensively.

11 Jordan Schroeder, C, Minnesota (WCHA) --
SKINNY: Another overachieving season for the Preds, another steal at the Draft table.

12 Jacob Josefson, C, Djurgardens (Sweden) +1
SKINNY: Wild fill second-line center need with talented Swede.

13 Simon Despres, D, Saint John (QMJHL) -8
SKINNY: Despres has the tools Sabres looking for -- poise, calm, precision.

14 Nazem Kadri, C, London (OHL) -7
SKINNY: A top-six forward to play with emerging talents in Booth, Frolik, Horton.

15 Carter Ashton, RW, Lethbridge (WHL) --
SKINNY: A late-season injury may have knocked him down Draft board. Potential sleeper.

16 Dmitry Kulikov, D, Drummondville (QMJHL) +4
SKINNY: Jackets' top-six good and getting better; now defense gets a boost with Kulikov's ability.

17 Landon Ferraro, C, Red Deer (WHL) -3
SKINNY: Stable so stocked, they might run out of room for all the thoroughbreds.

18 Jeremy Morin, LW, USNTDP --
SKINNY: Member of 2008-09 triple-crown Team USA; brings speed, skill, leadership.

19 Ryan Ellis, D, Windsor (OHL) --
SKINNY: Fourth offensive D-man pick in five drafts, blue line soon will be envy of the League.

20 Chris Kreider, C, Phillips Andover Academy (Mass.) +9
SKINNY: Flames not known for taking high schoolers, but Kreider's potential too much to pass on.

21 Zach Budish, RW, Edina (Minn.) High +1
SKINNY: Flyers can afford to gamble on Budish, who missed all season with knee injury.

22 Dylan Olsen, D, Camrose (AJHL) +1
SKINNY: Canucks talented up front; with Olsen they get meaner, bigger on back end.

23 Louis Leblanc, C, Omaha (USHL) +2
SKINNY: Devils would leap to the podium if Leblanc is really available here.

24 Nick Leddy, D, Eden Prairie (Minn.) High +3
SKINNY: Minnesota's "Mr. Hockey" would look good running a power play next to Mike Green.

25 Drew Shore, C, USNTDP NR
SKINNY: Numbers don't reflect his deep reservoir of talent.

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N.Y. Islanders (from SJS/OTT)
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, Leksand (Sweden) NR
SKINNY: The Isles' top-6 will soon be a force: Ekman-Larsson brings top-notch talent to the back end.

27 Stefan Elliot, D, Saskatoon (WHL) +1
SKINNY: With young, dynamic forward group; Elliot brings game-breaker potential to blue line.

28 Peter Holland, C, Guelph (OHL) -16
SKINNY: Blackhawks find the two-way, second-line center they need behind Jonathan Toews.

29 Kyle Palmieri, C, USNTDP +1
SKINNY: Forget off-ice issues -- this is the goal-scoring winger GM Ray Shero dreams about.

30 Calvin De Haan, D, Oshawa (OHL) NR
SKINNY: Wings won't have Lidstrom, Rafalski forever; point-per-game D-man a nice follow-up.